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New York African Restaurant Week

By Christopher Stewart | October 17, 2013

photo by BEUEvents

African, Restaurant Week, Red Rooster Harlem, recipes

Culture and food go hand in hand, and it has always played a major role in the way people eat. Food brings people together and once cultures cross, more and more people want to know and learn about, not only the food, but the people and things that make the food special. New York City is the home of diversity and it’s only natural to want to embrace culture and food when here. Everyday when you enter the doors of Red Rooster Harlem, you never know what cultures you will find. One day you maybe having lunch next to a born and bred New Yorker, and when you come back for dinner you may dine next to someone from Australia. This is whats so great about culture, you learn something everyday. Read More

Chasing Flavors

Recipe Remix: Cured Fish

By Christopher Stewart | September 26, 2013

Photo: Renée S. Suen
bagels, lox, brunch, breakfast, recipe, Red Rooster Harlem

Photo: Lynn G.

Tradition and culture can be found in some  of the most unexpected places, this standing true for lox and other cured fish. What is seen as a traditional brunch menu item to some actually dates back to several different cultures and eras, yet it still gives us a delicious mash up of flavors and textures. When brunch comes around, a bagel and lox seems like the go to, but lox and other smoked fish can actually be used at dinner time as well, just ask Marcus who grew up eating smoked and cured fish in Sweden. As NPR: The Salt and The NY Times puts the spotlight on bagels and lox, transforming these items into a everyday meal, you can turn your next weekend gathering with a new delicious menu. Smoked fish like sable and trout, and accompaniments like capers, thinly sliced red onions, farmers market tomatoes, and other fresh produce are a great meal any time of the day. Read More

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What’s in Season, Right Now: 10 Recipes

By Christopher Stewart | September 15, 2013

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seasonal, summer, farmers market, Red Rooster Harlem

With the first day of Autumn coming up soon, we actually still have an abundance of summer produce late into the month of September. This month, farmers markets are still packed to the rim with summer produce and to hold onto the taste of summer a little longer, there are plenty of recipes to be treasured. In the month of September apples, blueberries, corn, cucumbers, grapes, peppers, plums, pears, raspberries, and tomatoes are all in season, and the menu at Red Rooster Harlem highlights several of these ingredients with Chili Cucumbers, Sweet Corn Soup, and Summer Pasta with crushed tomatoes. If you can’t make it to Red Rooster this week, you can still enjoy eating seasonally with these 10 recipes to make with what’s in season right now.  Read More

Recipe Roundup

15 End of Summer Recipes to Make this Weekend

By Christopher Stewart | August 30, 2013

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summer, weekend, holiday, Labor Day, recipe roundup

Summer is coming to a end but that just means more time indoors to cook hearty stews, casseroles, and comfort foods. But there is still one weekend left to enjoy the smokey flavor of a charcoal grill and the simple fresh taste of a farmer’s market inspired salad tossed in olive oil. Labor day weekend is here and this is the last few barbecues and outdoor parties for the next couple months. Instead of throwing the usual burgers and hot dogs on the grill, impress your guests with some flavorful and creative dishes, salads, desserts and drinks. Here are 15 end of summer recipes to make over the holiday weekend!  Read More

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A Labor Day Seafood Boil at Red Rooster

By Christopher Stewart | August 29, 2013

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Labor Day, holiday, seafood, crab boil, Red Rooster, Harlem, restaurant

The countdown has began for the last few days of summer. While we dread the cold weather that awaits us, there are still a few warm days ahead and a few meals thats we can savor in the mean time. One of my favorite ways to wish summer a fair well and have a great Labor Day weekend, is with a seafood boil. A large pot heavily seasoned, full of the best that summer has to offer, including seafood, is a great way to close out the season. A seafood boil is also a great way to roll up your sleeves and have a good time with friends and family over a perfect meal. The Harlem Chowder for 2 at Red Rooster Harlem is a great way to also enjoy a end of summer seafood boil, without cooking. But how do you create a successful seafood boil? Here are a few tips for the perfect end of summer feast!  Read More

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How To Apply To Culinary School

By Christopher Stewart | August 28, 2013

photo by yucca

Culinary Students

Having been raised in Sweden, Marcus didn’t go to culinary school in the States. Instead his path to becoming a professional chef started in high school when he applied to a specialized school where students could learn to hone their craft in fashion, dance, singing, and of course, cooking. Instead of the rigors of a program like the French Culinary Institute or the Culinary Institute of America, Marcus chopped and sweated his way through vocational school then through the toughest kitchens in Europe. Read his whole story in “Yes, Chef”, his award-winning memoir.

Culinary arts has now become a major career choice for all ages. In a time when chefs and culinary professionals are the new age rock stars, the number of people enrolling in culinary arts schools has risen significantly in the past few years. The food industry is bustling and producing great chefs and food industry professionals alike, and now going to culinary school seems to be a great option. Like any other school you look to apply to, choosing the right culinary school is key to your success and you want to make sure that the school matches who you are and your needs and career goals. Read More

Restaurants

Time Out Names Ginny’s One of Best Bars in Harlem

By Christopher Stewart | August 27, 2013

Photo: Monika Sziladi
Photo: Monika Sziladi

Photo: Monika Sziladi

If nothing else, Harlem is the place to be. Ginny’s Supper Club has been named as one of the Best Bars in Harlem by Time Out New York Magazine, and it’s also a Critics Choice pick. Located downstairs inside Red Rooster, Ginny’s Super Club is a modern reincarnation of the beloved speakeasies that Harlem is so famously known for.

The drink menu offers up a variety of signatures and classics such as the Rooster Colada and the Harlem Mule. Wine by the glass and a variety of beers are also available on the menu, along with a fully constructed menu and live entertainment. Don’t miss the incredible Ethiopian rock group Jano Band when they perform this Wednesday, August 28th. Get tickets here.

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Remix: Leftovers for Lunch

By Christopher Stewart | August 27, 2013

Photo: Food Thinkers

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The million dollar question everyone is asking is, where did summer go? In just a few days, it will be time to get back in the groove of packing lunches, scheduled bed times, and that age old question of what to make for dinner. Making dinner is great, but what’s even better is when dinner from the night before can transform into a fresh lunch the next day, or another dinner with a new touch for another night.  Here are 10 meals that go from dinner to lunch (and even breakfast) any night of the week.  Read More

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How To Make Quick Jam

By Christopher Stewart | August 21, 2013

Photo: julochka
Photo: julochka

Photo: julochka

I always find that when I venture through the farmers market, I always seem to buy fruits and vegetables I wouldn’t ordinarily buy. The strawberries, the blueberries, and every piece of fruit in between always looks so amazingly fresh at the farmers market that I get home and have an abundance, and of course you never want this beautiful fruit to spoil. Spoiling is wishful thinking, and you need to think fast on how to savor this seasons farmers market harvest. This is where quick jam fits in perfectly. Making a quick jam solves so many wonderful problems and also uses up all of the fruit you so anxiously bought. Whether it be spooned on top of hot waffles or the tomato jam served with the corn bread at Red Rooster Harlem, jam can add a nice touch to a variety of things. Here are a few quick and easy tips for making quick jam at home.  Read More

Community

Harlem Celebrates Restaurant and Retail Week

By Christopher Stewart | August 21, 2013

Red Rooster's salmon gazpacho.

There is always something going on in Harlem, which is why it’s all the more reason to be a part of the scene. From now through August 30th, Harlem Park to Park presents Harlem Restaurant and Retail Week. Participating restaurants and retailers will be offering prix fixe selections and discounts. Along with the list of Harlem restaurant participants, Red Rooster Harlem will continue to offer its lunch prix fixe for $20.13. Get out and enjoy all this amazing neighborhood has to offer!

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